[fullwidth background_color=”#ffffff” background_image=”https://teamkiwiracing.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/bg_carbon1.jpg” background_parallax=”none” enable_mobile=”no” parallax_speed=”0.3″ background_repeat=”repeat” background_position=”left top” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” padding_top=”15px” padding_bottom=”0px” padding_left=”15px” padding_right=”15px” hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”yes” hide_on_mobile=”no” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][one_full last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”#ffffff” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”#666666″ border_style=”solid” padding=”30px” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][fusion_text]18 May 2018 – Hello All

“What a great customer and staff event we just experienced thanks to TKR, we do so many of these type customer events every year for our customers and staff and it is hard to find something different, fun and exciting for our staff and clients to be invited to and for them want to actually turn up to in their own time”.

“The opportunity to see the original TKR V8 Supercar on display in real life at our facility with our clients present was just great and the opportunity to race each other at Bathurst on the TKR race simulators, along with the chance for every person who came along to the event to go into the draw to win a trip to Bathurst with TKR, just made the whole event great fun, exceptional value and something different for our clients”. Said Bruce Trennel.

“We will certainly be doing this again with TKR later this year, thanks TKR from the awesome event, the customer feed-back has been very positive”.

Well what a great start we have experienced during the first 20 days of the TKR 80 day Nationwide tour throughout New Zealand, featuring the original TKR V8 Supercar that TKR debuted in at Bathurst in 2000 as the first ever Kiwi V8 Supercar team to have ever competed in the Australian V8 Supercar Championship and so much more.  

A true piece of Kiwi motorsport history and a vehicle that so many people have fond memories of, as the first ever Kiwi team to have ever competed in the Australian V8 Supercar Championship and the very same race car many saw on TKR’s first ever national tour throughout New Zealand, 18 years ago, prior to TKR’s Bathurst debut in October 2000.

This special vehicle along with the TKR Paul Radisich/Fabian Coulthard Holden and TKR Shane van Gisbergen Ford T Cars make the vehicle display very impressive with great feedback from guests at each function, the general public on open promotional days and those who have supported this special opportunity to date with venue visits/trade breakfasts/lunches and evening events.

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We are also running two simulators as each event for your clients and guests to try out their driving skills and race around Bathurst against each other.

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There is also a Bathurst trip up for grabs.

TO BOOK
To book a function at your place on the tour for staff or guests, please feel free to contact me to discuss further or call me on 021 636877. Attached above and below in this email is the current tour schedule. The red boxers indicate availability for you to book. If you wish to discuss other options dates and or times give me a call on Phone number is 021 636877 or email djohn@teamkiwiracing.co.nz.


[/fusion_text][fusion_text]TKR Update 17 April 2018

The Team Kiwi Racing “REAL DEAL” 80 Day National Tour is Officially Underway.

Thanks to the team at Wattyl Albany for a great night with staff and customers.
Wattyl have been a long-time supporter of Team Kiwi Racing and on 20th April we will be at Wattyl Avondale from 4pm-7pm with the TKR race cars on display. Including TKR’s very first V8 Supercar driven by Jason Richards and Angus Fogg at Bathurst on debut in 2000 as the first ever Kiwi based team to have competed in the Australian V8 Supercar Championship, along with the TKR/Radisich and Coulthard Holden Commodore, the THR/Shane VanGisbergen Ford Falcon, 2 x Race Simulator machines and the opportunity to win a trip to Bathurst with TKR Tours in October 2018.
Keep en eye on our Facebook page for updates on the venues we will be visiting each week as we tour throughout New Zealand. So come on down with the kids (young and old) and say hello, get a photo with the TKR cars, have a go on the race simulator and don’t forget there is a Bathurst Trip up for grabs.

  


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PROMOTIONAL WORK NEVER ENDS – Thank-you AUTO-CITY for your many years of support and friendship along the way.

TKR BMW Mini on display at Auto City in New Plymouth over Christmas and New Years.

Next race meeting for TKR Development Academy drivers Thomas Boniface and James Webb will be in Taupo on the 3rd and 4th February with testing on the 16th January at Hampton Downs and 26th January at Manfeild Auto-course.

  


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TIME TO GET FIT AGAIN.

First long walk for the year done and dusted. Now the challenge to keep doing this on a regular basis 🙂

 

 


[/fusion_text][fusion_text]22nd January 2018

WHEN YOU ARE A FULL TIME RACECAR TEAM YOU ARE SO FOCUSSED ON THE JOB AT HAND BOTH ON AND OFF THE RACE TRACK, IN THE WORKSHOP, DOING PROMOTIONAL EVENTS, MEET AND GREAT DAYS WITH THE FANS AND SO ON IN ADDITION TO YOUR RACE AND TEST DAY COMITTMENTS, THAT SOMETIMES YOU SIMPLY FORGET TO TAKE A BREATH AND SEE THE TRUE ENJOYMENT SUCH LONG HOURS AND HARD WORK BRINGS TO OTHERS.

Seeing this photo and the enjoyment TKR has provided this person and many other people over the years, makes me so proud of all the drivers, crew, sponsors and supporters who have been involved at various levels with Team Kiwi Racing, supported us through thick and thin over the last 18 years and what we have achieved together as a small privateer team from New Zealand.

Thank you for the support to date and here is to many more years of TKR proudly supporting Kiwi drivers to achieve their dreams both domestically and on the international motorsport stage,

Exciting times ahead at Team Kiwi Racing (TKR).


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TKR DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY DRIVER, 13 YEAR OLD THOMAS BOINIFACE RECOGNISED FOR THE HARD WORK  HE PUTS IN ON AND OFF THE RACE TRACK WITH TKR.

CONGRATULATIONS THOMAS BONIFACE
Taranaki Junior Sports Person of the year finalist.

 


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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE KIWI DRIVERS – 3 in the top 4 of the 2017 Supercar Championship and 2 of those ex TKR Drivers;)
Supercar 2017 leader-board
01 Jamie Whincup 3042 pts
02 Scott McLaughlin 3021 pts
03 Fabian Coulthard 2812 pts
04 Shane Van Gisbergen 2769 pts


[/fusion_text][fusion_text]19TH November 2017
TKR TAUPO UP-DATE
Great weekend in Taupo for the 3 round of the BMW Drivers Championship.
Both TKR Development Academy drivers showing their worth with race wins.
In fact TKR won 3 out of the 6 races over the weekend.
A just reward for the TKR crew who worked through the night on Friday night until 4.30am Saturday morning sorting a third TKR car that will debut later this season.

It was great to see with the #321 and #654 TKR/Pit Stop BMW Mini’s running both in separate classes providing the punters with plenty of exciting racing and for the sponsors plenty of brand exposure.
· Thomas Boniface in the #321 BMW Mini runs in the 2.0ltr class
· James Webb in the #654 BMW Mini runs in the Open class.
All three TKR BMW Mini’s will now return to the workshop and engine Dyno machine to ensure they are ready for a ride day at Manfield on the 3rd Dec and then back in Auckland for a ride day on the 9th Dec at Hampton Downs before a 1 hour enduro on the 10th December 2017 also at Hampton Downs to complete the first half of the season.
Regards … David John


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4th November2017

Hi Team

Please see this special GROUPON offer to help raise funds for the TKR Development Academy drivers and their 2018 initiatives. TKR has negotiated an opportunity for one of our TKR Development Academy drivers to compete on the international motorsport stage, starting early next year but we still need to raise a reasonable amount of funding to make up the short fall in budget still required.

Great Christmas or Birthday present, end of year staff or client thank-you or simply just a treat for yourself.  

Your support can start from as low as $189 for a once in a life time opportunity and at the same you are also supporting this special very special opportunity provided by the TKR Development Academy.

PLEASE CLICK on the below link to the special GROUPON fund raising offer.

https://www.grouponnz.co.nz/deals/team-kiwi-racing

Please pass this link and opportunity on to your contacts/staff and also consider this for your own end of year Christmas party, staff thank you, Birthday or Christmas gift or simply just reward yourself with this once in a life time opportunity at this special price. The two cars racing each other on the track at the same time is a mind blowing experience.

We can tailor in catering and beverages on the day if required to suit and accommodate up to 40 people doing rides on the own day in two cars chasing each other around the racetrack, just as if they were in a race. The Supercharged TKR BMW Mini’s are an absolute blast.

You will be blown away by the experience.

Vouchers are provided and can be used either prior to and or after Christmas.

If you are wanting to do ad in catering and beverages let me know y return with numbers and we can arrange you very own race day for you.

Thanks in advance for your support of this worth cause and I look forward to seeing you at the track.

Best Regards

David John

Ph 021 636877


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Press Release:
9th October 2017

THERE WAS ONE “TKR/PIT STOP BMW MINI” NOW THERE IS TWO!

Pit Stop NZ back TKR Development Academy for 18th straight season.

Pit Stop NZ have been a very loyal and long-time sponsors of Team Kiwi Racing. In fact Pit Stop NZ have supported TKR at various levels of motorsport for everyone of TKR’s 18 years since debut in 2000.

Pit Stop NZ’s support of TKR has provided many talented Kiwi drivers and crew members with the opportunity to realise their goals, dreams and aspirations of being the very best he or she can be both in the domestic New Zealand motorsport arena and on the international motorsport stage under the Iconic TKR Banner.

Pictured above are both of the TKR/PIT STOP BMW Mini race cars ready for action at Hampton Downs prior to round one of the 2017/18 BMW Drivers Series.

The #321 car is driven by TKR Development Academy Driver Thomas Boniface and the #654 car is driven by fellow TKR Development Academy Driver James Webb.

The TKR/PIT STOP All Black machines came away from the first round of the season in second and third positions in their respective Championships.

13 year old Thomas Boniface who drives the #321 TKR/PITSTOP racer also won his first ever touring car race over the weekend and James Webb in the #654 TKR/PITSTOP racer was second in race three for his debut drive with TKR.

For further info contact David John on Ph 021 636877 and or djohn@teamkiwiracing.co.nz


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Press Release:
3rd October 2017

PRESS RELEASE 3RD OCTOBER 2017

TEAM KIWI RACING STEP UP DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY SUPPORT FOR KIWI DRIVERS. WEBB JOIN’S BONIFACE AT TEAM KIWI RACING (TKR) IN A TWO CAR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM.

For 18 years Team Kiwi Racing (TKR) has been supporting up and coming Kiwi drivers at all levels of motorsport from grass roots level here in New Zealand to the top level of international competition.

The list of drivers Team Kiwi Racing (TKR) has supported either finically and or selected to drive for Team Kiwi Racing (TKR) directly is nothing short of impressive and reads as a list of who’s who of New Zealand Motorsport.

More recently TKR has remained focused of the development of fresh new Kiwi motorsport talent that TKR Owner David John believes has the potential to follow what TKR is all about and shine on the domestic motorsport market before making the significant step up to the international motorsport stage.

This year Team Kiwi Racing (TKR) has increased their support of young Kiwi drivers as part of the TKR Development Academy.

The commitment by Team Kiwi Racing (TKR) to increase their level of support for the coming season will see two identical TKR All Black Machines on the local circuits in 2017/18.

Thomas Boniface who also raced under the TKR banner last season and is the youngest every Kiwi driver to have competed in a New Zealand sanctioned motorsport event, has started the new season off on the right foot with TKR last weekend, winning his first touring car race at the opening round of the 2017/18 New Zealand Series in his TKR All Black Machine.

Adding to the TKR talent pool for the 2017/18 season is previous Speed Sport Scholarship winner James Webb.

Webb will be driving an identical looking TKR All Black Machine in a TKR two car campaign for the 2017/18 season.

Boniface will run in the 2.0ltr class and Webb will run in the Open Class providing great coverage over the weekend for our sponsors, supporters and the ability to share track condition information between TKR drivers each weekend.

James Webb Profile below:
• Hometown: Feilding, Manawatu
• Occupation: Student at Victoria University of Wellington (Bachelor of Commerce)
• High School: FAHS Feilding High School
• Family: Dad Sean, Mum Jennifer, Younger Sister Tessa 16 (New Zealand representative runner)
• Love of motorsport began from going down to Manfeild as a child with his Nana and Dad.
• Webb started racing at age 10 at Kartsport Manawatu where he quickly moved up the ranks to national competition and achieved a number of championship titles along the way as follows:
• NZ CIK Champion Junior Restricted
• Tauranga Street Race Champion Junior Restricted
• WPKA Goldstar Champion Junior Yamaha
• WPKA Goldstar Grand Prix Champion Junior Yamaha
• Multiple time Manawatu Club Champion
• Star of Excellence trophy winner
• Speed Sport Scholarship winner at the age of 15.
• Webb went on to secure 2nd place in the Manfeild Winter Series (2013/14).
• In 2015/16 Webb stepped up into Formula Ford Championship where he was a multiple time Formula Ford Championship Round winner in the South Island Series and achieved multiple national round podium finishes.
• In 2016/17 Webb was one of two Kiwi drivers selected to test drive a formula 4 car in Australia but due to the finances a driver was required to bring to the table to secure the drive Webb had no option to sit out the season with the exception of securing an enduro drive in a Porsche Carrera Cup Car along with multiple driver training days for various manufacturers throughout the season.
• In 2017/18 TKR gave Webb a call to see if the parties could get this talented young Kiwi’s drivers career back on track and the rest is history.

Webb will next line up on the gird for TKR at his home track of Manfeild on the 21st and 22nd October 2017.

“I just wanted to say a big thank you to TKR for this exciting opportunity and the chance I have been provided to represent such an iconic Kiwi motorsport brand”

“I know I have the drive and ability to succeed in motorsport but opportunities like what TKR has provided me and that TKR have provided many other top Kiwi drivers before me, just do not come along very often if at all and I look forward to repaying the faith TKR has shown in me through providing me with this exciting opportunity”. said James Webb

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For further information please call David John on 0011 64 21 636877 or email djohn@teamkiwiracing.co.nz


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Press Release:
2nd October 2017

TKR DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY DRIVER “THOMAS BONIFACE” WINS AT HAMPTON DOWNS

At 13 years of age and in only his second year as a TKR Development Academy driver, Thomas Boniface has achieved his first Touring Car race win in extremely trying conditions and against a quality field of competitors at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park on the weekend.

Boniface, who was selected as a TKR Development Academy driver after a nationwide search by TKR prior to the commencement of last season’s BMW Drivers Series, has shown plenty of development as a driver both on and off the race track over the last 12 months.

“It was great for Thomas, family and friends, the TKR Development Academy and our sponsors and supporters to see Thomas take his first Touring Car win at the opening round of the BMW Race Drivers Series at Hampton Downs on the weekend, especially in the very trying conditions the drivers and crews faced all weekend”

“To see a young driver like Thomas achieve his first ever race win and then back it up with a 2nd placing in Race 2 is a special occasion for all involved and it makes all the hard work done away from the track along with the hard yards that are put in to raise and or provide the required finances worth it in return”. said David John.

“I am grateful for the opportunity that TKR has provided to me for my second season and I hope that this win is a sign of many more to come for the team and myself”

“I really like driving the TKR All Black Mini and hope that we can achieve more race wins this season”. said Boniface. Boniface has been joined this season by ex-Speed Sport Scholarship winner James Webb who will compete in a second TKR BMW Mini this season. Thomas competes in the 2.0ltr class and Webb competes in the Open class.

For further information please contact David John Ph 0011 64 21 636877 or djohn@teamkiwiracing.co.nz


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Latest News:
8th August 2017

Stuff.co.nz
David Burroughs
09.54, August 8th

Formula 1 driver has high praise for 13-year-old Taranaki speedster

 

Thomas Boniface, 13, has just returned from a driver training course in America with ex F1 driver Allen Berg.

He’s been hailed as one of the top up-and-coming young motorsport talents, but Thomas Boniface isn’t letting it get to his head.

Recently Boniface jumped at the opportunity to do a high performance driver training course in the US during the school holidays here in New Zealand.

As part of his TKR Development Academy program, the 13-year-old from Taranaki spent an intense day at former Formula 1 driver Allen Berg’s driving school in California with five professional driving instructors, where Boniface impressed Berg himself.

“I have not seen a kid with that much natural car speed and car control as Thomas showed on their first time in an unknown race car for many years,” Berg said.

 

Berg described Thomas as one of the best up-and-coming drivers he had seen in a while.

Thomas said the comments were extra motivation to carry on improving himself as part of the TKR Development Academy and live up to them.

“It made me rethink that I actually need to keep believing in myself because really there’s a lot of talent out there, so it’s really good to hear this feedback from someone who raced at the highest level of motorsport because it reinforces the fact that I’m a heading in the right direction with my driving career,” he said.

Boniface said he had learned quite a lot from the driving instructors, who used camera footage and data from the Formula Renault cars as well as watching the young drivers as they went around North California’s Laguna Seca track.

“They all had some good constructive criticism, every time I went out they all had some feedback which is the only way you learn,” Thomas said.

“They reinforced the need to be very accurate and consistent because you try every lap to be as fast as possible but you also try to be consistent at that level all the time as well.”

While in America, he was racing a car that could top 200kmh.

“During the day, Mr. Berg gave me some very good tips on the importance of making the car “flow” and keeping everything as smooth as possible”

“Any F1 driver or major person in the motorsport community is a big idol because you know they each have something different to share, so it’s really awesome that he’s taking a driver school and promoting young drivers to be the drivers they are today,” Thomas said.

Thomas began racing for Team Kiwi Racing (TKR) around 18 months ago and this season will continue competing in the BMW Drivers championship with TKR debuting a new vehicle on the international motorsport stage early 2018.

“Thomas Boniface is the real deal and he has a very exciting future ahead of him should we be able to keep finding the funding to nurture this talent to a point where his natural ability will shine through and teams will be wanting to secure and pay for his services in the future,” TKR team owner David John said.

For mum Donna and dad Robert, it was another proud moment watching him perform as well as he did and they didn’t have any problems with him taking control of a car that could top 200 kilometres an hour.

“I wasn’t nervous, it’s a funny feeling – I felt apprehensive but only for him, I knew he’d be ok behind the wheel once he settled in and a lot of that confidence comes back to the work Team Kiwi Racing has been doing with Thomas over the last 18 months as part of the TKR Development Academy,” Robert said.

Donna said she did get nervous “but my nerves aren’t about him making a mistake or driving badly, my nerves are him being disappointed with himself because he is really hard on himself”.

“If he makes a mistake or something goes wrong and I see that he’s made a mistake then I worry about the way he is so hard on himself for that,” she said.

“So when he comes in, that’s really my role as mum, to talk with him and unpack it…to try and get it out of his system so he can re-focus, get on with his driver debrief with the team and be ready for the next race”.

For further information contact:

David John

Ph 0011 64 21 636877 or email djohn@teamkiwiracing.co.nz


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August 2017

EX F1 DRIVER HIGHLY RATES YOUNG TKR DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY DRIVER, 13 YEAR OLD KIWI, THOMAS BONIFACE.
EX F1 DRIVER HIGHLY RATES LOCAL TARANAKI RACER, 13 YEAR OLD, THOMAS BONIFACE.
TKR DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY DRIVER ON TRACK FOR AUSTRALIAN DEBUT.

 

Young Kiwi, 13 year old TKR Development Academy driver Thomas Boniface, was recently provided the opportunity to do a high performance driver training program in the US under the guidance of Ex F1 driver Allen Berg, at the world famous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Northern California.

The key objective behind Team Kiwi Racing providing Thomas the opportunity to do a high performance driver training program in the US was to receive independent feedback from a top level professional race car driver who has competed at the top level of motorsport himself, along with input from his five professional driving instructors.

 

Secondly, it was to see if a totally independent race organisation saw the same potential in Thomas, as a very talented driver with an exciting motorsport future ahead of him, as TKR does.

Not only did Thomas impress the five professional driver instructors at the Allen Berg high performance driver training program but he also impressed ex F1 driver Allen Berg himself. In fact he impressed throughout the course so much that Allen Berg made time to specifically come over and reinforce how impressed he was with the young Kiwi.

Berg stated he had not seen a kid with that much natural car speed and car control as Thomas showed on their first time in an unknown race car.

And it did not finish there.

Allen’s comments were further backed up when the driving instructors secretly installed a data logger and GoPro camera on Thomas’s car without his knowledge during the last run of the day. They did this so they could see first-hand how the young Kiwi was achieving the lap times he was, as Thomas was 1 second per lap faster than the lead driving instructor at the end of the full speed Hot Laps session of the program.

“Thomas Boniface is the real deal and he has a very exciting future ahead of him should we be able to keep finding the funding to nurture this talent to a point where his natural ability will shine through and teams will be wanting to secure and pay for his services in the future”. said Team Owner David John.

TKR have been supporting the talented young Kiwi with his development both on and of the race track since Thomas was selected as a TKR Development Academy Driver 18 months ago when he was still racing karts as a national champion and multiple national karting title holder.

Thomas has since completed a full season in the BMW Drivers Championship with TKR in one of the teams Championship winning TKR BMW Minis.

 

“I always keep an eye on drivers coming through the grass roots level of motorsport, as TKR has for the last 18 years. I had seen the name Thomas Boniface along with other young Kiwi KartSport drivers names pop up frequently and I have always said a young driver needs to make the initiative to introduce him or herself to a Team Owner to show they have the initiative and drive to succeed in this sport, which is exactly what Thomas did”. said David John

Thomas made the effort and early one morning before school went to an open day TKR was holding in New Plymouth as part of a nationwide tour TKR had implemented to evaluate potential new TKR Development Academy driver for the coming season. At the completion of the national tour TKR short-listed the potential drivers they believed were the best fit for the TKR Development Academy and the opportunity it provides talented young Kiwi drivers, finally selecting Thomas Boniface.

18 months on Thomas has made significant head way that has seen the young Kiwi complete his first full season in the BMW Drivers Championship driving one of the TKR BMW Mini Championship winning cars.

With a number of local test days in New Zealand and input from Kiwi motorsport legend Craig Baird, the test day in the US recently, another test day in the US scheduled for later in the year, with the second season in the BMW Drivers Championship about to commence and confirmation TKR could be lining up on the grid in Australia in 2018, Thomas Boniface is a name to remember for the future.

TKR are looking to run a second TKR BMW Mini in this year’s BMW Drivers Championship as an extension to the TKR Development Academy. Interested parties should contact David John on 021 636877 or email djohn@teamkiwiracing.co.nz to register their interest.

A further announcement on the Team Kiwi Racing, 2018 Australian campaign, will be made in the near future.


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July 2017

  

KIWI SPEEDWAY LEGEND MICHAEL PICKENS TO DRIVE TEAM KIWI RACING (TKR) CAR.

Highly regarded speedway champion, Kiwi, Michael Pickens, will jump in the Team Kiwi Racing (TKR) BMW Mini this weekend as part of the CRC Speedshow celebrity challenge races that are being held in the “Live Action Arena” at ASB Show Grounds both Saturday and Sunday of this weekend.
Pickens takes over the driving duties at Team Kiwi Racing for this weekend while TKR’s young Development Academy driver, …13 years old, Thomas Boniface is in the US doing a professional driver training course, meeting up with fellow Kiwi motorsport star Matthew Halliday and doing a number of other motorsport related events before returning to New Zealand at the end of this month ready for the 2017/18 season with Team Kiwi Racing.
Race’s on the weekend start at 10.00am, 1pm and 3pm on both Saturday 22nd July and Sunday 23rd July 2017 at the ASB Show Grounds, Auckland.
So come on down and say hello to Michael Pickens at the TKR Pit Lane Garage over the weekend and get a photo with the legend himself or get yourself some official TKR Merchandise and go in the draw to win a Hot Lap’s package in the TKR All Black machine or Win a VIP trip with Team Kiwi Racing (TKR) to the Gold Coast 600 race on the 19th to 23rd October 2017.
Team Kiwi Racing (TKR) founder David John will also be on-site at the TKR garage, so take this special opportunity to introduce yourself to him and ask him any questions you may have about motorsport.
With over 18 year’s experience (10 years as a V8 Supercar Team Owner) supporting Kiwi drivers to kick start their professional motorsport careers both domestically and internationally with great success, you might just pick up a good idea or two from him.
MICHAEL PICKENS ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE.
• 2016 Australian Speedcar Champion (and first ever New Zealander to win this title)
• 2015/16 International Midget Series Overall Winner (and winner of World 30 Lap Derby and 50 Lap Classic)
• 7 times New Zealand Midget Champion
• Multiple winged sprint car feature wins
• Multiple track and lap records
• Multiple National Series Championship wins
• Multiple A-main wins including 9 consecutive A-main wins in a row
• 4 times New Zealand midget Grand Prix win
• 2 times North Island champion
• 5 times Barry Butterworth 40 lap winner
• Multiple International Series wins over 30, 40 and 50 laps
• Multiple seasons as International Test Team Captain
• Multiple Herman Tros shield wins
• Multiple USAC/POWRi/Badger feature wins
• 6 times Chili Bowl A-main qualifier
• 3rd 2011 Chili Bowl A-main
• UMRA TQ feature winner (on debut)
• 2 times Australian Super Series speedcar Championship winner (midgets)
• Australian Grand Prix winner (midgets)
• ASA Pavement Late Model Series feature and pole winner
• NASCAR Craftsman Truck Driver X finalist
For further information please contact: David John, Ph 0011 64 21 636877.


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May 2017

  

TKR STEP UP TEST PROGRAM.

With a new LINK ECU, new engine program and tuning, a new clutch, new front spoiler, new bonnet pins, a new profile tire to test, a full service plus some fuel, the TKR BMW Mini is set to go for another test day with the talented TKR Development Academy Driver, 13 year old Thomas Boniface behind the wheel.

After having completed a full season behind the wheel of the TKR BMW Mini last year and a number of note worthy touring car results now under the belt of the 5 times national karting champ, 13 years old Boniface, it is time to start stepping up the TKR Development Academy test program in preparation for the coming touring car season.

Despite the coming season starting in Late September 2017, TKR will kick off their build up to the first round in September starting this weekend with a solid test day for Boniface.

“I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel of this awesome TKR machine on the weekend for a further solid test day”.

“The TKR team has been working hard on the car over the last few months to give me some more car speed and I have been working on my fitness to ensure I can take full advantage of the new upgrades the team has made to the car for me”. said Boniface.


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24 April 2017

 

 

 

 

NOT A BAD EFFORT FOR TEAM KIWI RACING DEVELOPMNET ACADEMY DRIVER, 13 YEAR OLD THOMAS BONIFACE, IN HIS FIRST SEASON OF TOURING CAR RACING.
5th out of 30 plus cars.


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10 March 2017

TWO CAR TEAM KIWI RACING (TKR) DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY TEAM FOR 2017/18 SEASON – CALLING ALL PROMISSING KARTSPORT AND MOTORSPORT TALENT WHO HAVE A DREAM.

An exciting opportunity is currently open for a second kartsport or motorsport talent to join the TKR Development Academy, in a two car team for the 2017/18 season.

If you believe you have the required focus, drive and determination to become a fulltime professional race car driver on the international motorsport stage and can work within a team environment, then read on.

Team Kiwi Racing (TKR) has an opportunity for a driver that is looking for a cost effective and convenient way to go racing and fine tune his or her driving skills as part of the TKR Development Academy which includes driver training from Kiwi motorsport legend Craig Baird plus so much more.

The Team Kiwi Racing (TKR) Development Academy has a second BMW Mini Challenge racecar that is identical to the one that 13 year old TKR Development Academy Driver, Thomas Boniface has driven this year and will do so again for the coming season in the BMW Driver Series with TKR.

The vehicle can be either run in the 2.0ltr BMW class with a 1600 Cooper engine or in the BMW Open class with the Supercharged Cooper engine.

South Island and North Island Enduro options are also available.

Arrive and drive options including transport of car to and from track and use of TKR facilities, tools and equipment at the race track are all options open for discussion.

If you believe you have what it takes to be a TKR Development Academy driver then call David John on 021 636877 to discuss options further or email djohn@teamkiwiracing.co.nz.

 

 


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